Empower Your "No": how to refine the art of decline
In both Lean and Agile approaches, the ability to say "no" is essential to short and long term success. There are hundreds of books on articles on the power and value of saying "no", yet for many of us it continues to be problematic in practice. Others dismissively say: "I have no problem saying no", yet they are oblivious to the damage they do to the morale and the mood of the team. Tips and hints won't do much. The answer lies in deep, system-level understanding and actual practice.
Don't miss this talk if:
a. You want to really understand at a deeper level why "no" is so necessary and so challenging in complex knowledge work.
b. You want practical improvement in your on-the-ground, real world ability to contribute value by saying "no" and listening to the "no" of others more effectively.
Outline/Structure of the Lightning Talk
- Using real-world examples from the audience and from our research with global dev teams, we will have a brief conversation about the business value that can be generated and the waste that can be avoided.
- Next, in Ignite format we will look at exactly why "no" is difficult for human beings: why the concern is legitimate and how the problems occur.
- Then we will undertake a practical, physical (and fun) exploration of proven methods of strengthening your capacity to say no in ways that increase value generation.
- Increased clarity about the ways in which no can be spoken and listened to as a contribution to value creation
- Powerful insight into what is triggered in mind, emotions and body when people say no
- Expanded ability to decline with grace and power
Agile and Lean practitioners, Product Managers, Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters ...anyone who wants to build their identity as a contributor in complex knowledge work environments.
Prerequisites for Attendees
Real-world examples of where saying no has been difficult or has produced problems.